`English Murali` Maurice Holmes’ action reported
London: Warwickshire off-spinner Maurice Holmes has been reported to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for a suspect illegal bowling action, the governing body said Thursday.
The 21-year-old bowler has been dubbed the `English Murali` for the similiarity of his action to that of Sri Lanka great Muttiah Muralitharan.
However, Holmes was reported by umpires twice in the last month with his `doosra` -- the off-spinner`s googly -- believed to be the main concern.
If the umpires uphold their original concerns, the Loughborough University student -- who has so far played just one county championship match -- will have to have his action examined again by the ECB.
Holmes`s registration with Warwickshire was initially delayed for a year when the ECB first decided he needed to remodel his action.
He can continue playing for Warwickshire until a decision is made on the legality of his action.
Muralitharan, who retired from all Sri Lanka duty after their World Cup final defeat by India in Mumbai in April, is the most successful bowler in the history of international cricket with 800 Test wickets and 534 in one-day internationals -- both world records.
But his career has been beset by controversy over the legality of his unorthodox bowling action.